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Alby Crafts and Gardens

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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Unique art galleries

A small collection of working artists clustered in small buildings and a restaurant serving good... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
empathology
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Coffee and scones

Very pleasant cafe and arts centre. A little quirky but enjoyable coffee and scones in the cafe... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2018
David R
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York, United Kingdom
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  • Very good42%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“craft shops”(13 reviews)
“tea room”(13 reviews)
“worth a visit”(10 reviews)
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Alby Crafts & Gardens is a complex of creative businesses housed in an attractive collection of converted farm buildings in rural north Norfolk. We are easy to find, half way between Cromer and Aylsham on the A140. We currently have a fine art...more
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Cromer Road, Erpingham NR11 7QE, England
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We ordered a cornish pasty for me and baked potato for my wife, thinking to have a light lunch so as not to spoil our appetites for dinner in the evening. What arrived was definately not "a light lunch". A very large pasty with a...More

2  Thank Rod19821007
CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you for your review. We're glad you had such a good lunch and enjoyed meeting our artists and makers. We hope you'll call in again soon.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 9 September 2014

Visited the tea room today for a quick lunch. the staff were very pleasant but the tea room is drab and unexciting and so is the menu. I opted for the toasted sandwich and coffee. The choices mainly had cheese in them all and I...More

4  Thank margaret m
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped off at Alby Crafts and Gardens today. It has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. It didn’t disappoint! We had a drink and snack in the fascinating tea room. They had lots of gluten free delicious cakes to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A small collection of working artists clustered in small buildings and a restaurant serving good quality coffee & cake. Some of the artists are excellent (a bug shout-out to sculptor Mitchell House!). A nice place to while-away a few hours.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited (with a friend) Alby Crafts & Gardens, yesterday (November 1st), and despite the rain, enjoyed spending about an hour, looking around, I was disappointed that I wasn't able to look around the Gardens, because of the rain, will definitely visit again one day...More

Thank BillyFarmer1
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Very pleasant cafe and arts centre. A little quirky but enjoyable coffee and scones in the cafe. Nice staff and service. Will return.

Thank David R
CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Beautiful craft and gift shops especially Purple Rain staff very friendly and helpful. Gifts and crafts varied and unusual and reasonably priced. The Tea Room took you back to the 50's - 60'a era and the cakes were delicious. Try the courgette and pecan cake...More

Thank jane l
Reviewed 2 September 2018

A great place to visit, an especially nice cafe, very pretty garden. Lots of craft to see but more could be made of it. We were told things were being reorganised in October. We`ll definitely visit again

Thank ANN S
Reviewed 25 August 2018

We have been here over many years, but it is a while since we visited and I am not sure what has happened. The whole place seems odd. Where there was once a lovely craft gallery there are people making wedding dresses and corsets and...More

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CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2018

Hello travelling mouse I really don't know how to start replying to your review, but I'm afraid things in life don't stay the same forever. The craft gallery upstairs closed maybe 7 years ago but if you ventured to the workshops in the Lower Courtyard...More

Reviewed 15 August 2018

Called here as we were staying at a caravan park close by what a gem of a place they have some lovely little gift shops,galleries a pottery,dressmaker and tea room, we visited the tea room for lunch which was excellent the tea room is very...More

Thank julieann1kitten
CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you had an enjoyable visit to Alby Crafts & Gardens.

Reviewed 14 August 2018

Alby Crafts used to be a little haven on our way up the A140. You could always rely on good lunches, good homemade cake, great coffee and an airy and spacious area to relax. A browse round the workshops, a purchase or two upstairs and...More

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CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

We are sorry you didn't like Glen's quirky cafe. He has put a lot of thought, time and effort into creating a space that is unique and fun, and he only gets good reviews for the food he produces in the kitchen (which is all...More

Reviewed 22 July 2018

Called here around 20 years ago when it was a vibrant centre for local crafts. So many have gone and the best thing about th emplacement these days is the quirky vintage/retro cafe with its booths and alcoves for all tastes.More

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CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2018

Thank you for visiting us again after such a long period. Inevitably the self-employed crafts people at Alby Crafts & Gardens change on a regular basis, but all of the units are currently occupied and we continue to be a vibrant centre for local crafts....More

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Katie S
27 March 2018|
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Response from SarahA522 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure they will be open. check their website and yes the flowers should look lovely :)
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JRidgwayPeterborough
30 August 2016|
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Response from CKnight63 | Property representative |
We are all independent businesses here at Alby and it is up to the owner of the cafe how he chooses to decorate his space. He is striving to achieve a quirky and memorable environment that is different to anywhere else... More
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Julie C
30 August 2016|
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Response from JRidgwayPeterborough | Reviewed this property |
Yes I also took my small dog into the restaurant,
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